Friday, July 25, 2008

You say tomato, I say, um...tomato

One thing I did find interesting in my class this week was talking to other people from other areas of the state, and in a couple of cases, from different states. I love hearing how people speak differently, especially when someone uses another name for an object. For example, one man's truck is another man's pickup. You might call a cemetary a graveyard. I think often times location and generation have a lot to do with our words...and sometimes it's just personal preference.

Since ya'll (see, there's one right there!) are from all over the country, I'd love to hear your word choices for these objects. So, look at each picture and leave a comment with your name for the object. I am anxious to hear your responses. I'd also love to hear from people outside of the U.S. (Karen, that'd be you.)

And if no one participates, I will cry. Please don't make me cry on my summer vacation.
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46 comments:

John Deere Mom said...

1. Soda
2. Highway
3. Supper
4. Shopping cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis shoes
8. Cantaloupe
9. Grocery store

If you can think of any others, I'd love to hear them!

Brandy said...

1. soda
2. interstate
3. dinner (my granny always said dinner was lunch and supper was supper!LOL)
4. buggy
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoes
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store

Rene said...

I didn't want to be influenced so I didn't look at the other comments beforehand:

1. Pop
2. Highway
3. Dinner
4. Shopping Basket
5. Potty
6. Couch
7. Tennies
8. Cantelope
9. Produce section (grocery store)

Lane Boyz Mom said...

1. Coke (and when ordering, I make sure to order DIET Coke;)...and the kids ask for Sprite, but it's COKE to start off)
2. Interstate
3. Supper
4. Shopping Cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis shoe
8. Cantaloupe
9. Grocery Store

Becky said...

1. Coke
2. Interstate
3. Supper
4. Buggy
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis Shoe
8. Cantaloupe
9. Produce Section at Grocery Store

Rhea said...

1. Soft drinks or coke
2. Highway
3. Dinner
4. grocery basket
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. butt kickers (jk!) tennis shoes
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store

Merrie said...

1. Soda
2. Freeway
3. Dinner
4. Shopping cart
5. Restroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis shoes
8. Cantaloupe or melon
9. Produce

Simply AnonyMom said...

1-Soda (I have called it many things through the years, depending on where I lived but to me and my kids it is Soda)
2-Hiway
3-Dinner
4-Cart
5-Bathroom (or Potty)
6-Sofa (but my parents insist its a couch)
7-Tenney (ie tennis shoe)
8-Melon specifically cantalope
9-Grocery store (MIL and DH call it a market)

Finding Normal said...

1. Soda
2. Highway
3. Supper or dinner
4. Shopping cart or just cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Sneakers (still got a little NY in me!)
8. Cantaloupe
9. Grocery Store

The Mom said...

1.soda
2.road
3.dinner
4.cart
5.the ew bathroom
6.couch
7 tennies
8 cantaloupe
9 the store that's not target

Delberta said...

1.pop
2.highway
3. supper
4.cart
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoes
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store

teachergirl said...

1. Girl, no matter what's in the fridge, it's COKE!!! (not soda, pop or whatever)
2. highway
3. dinner
4. buggy
5. bathroom/potty
6. couch
7. tennis shoes
8. cantaloupe
9. market/grocery

MARY said...

1. coke (but my kids call it soda or "sodie"
2. highway
3. supper
4. buggy
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. sneakers
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store

absurdly yours said...

1. coke
2. highway
3. supper
4. buggy
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoes
8. cantalope
9. grocery store

And what do you call the appliance in the kitchen that keeps things cold? We laugh about this in my family.

cupcake said...

Nothing like a little emotional blackmail to force me to respond.

1. soda (The Pro would say "pop")
2. highway
3. supper
4. grocery cart
5. restroom
6. sofa
7. sneaker
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store

Karen said...

1 .... Pop, Soda Pop
2 .... Motorway
3 .... Tea, Tea Time
4 .... Trolley , Shopping Trolley
5 .... Loo
6 .... Couch
7 .... Tennis shoe
8 .... Rock Melon
9 .... Supermarket (the above would be the fruit and vegeatable department)

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

1)Pop
2)Freeway
3)Supper
4)Buggy
5)Restroom
6)Sofa
7)Sneakers
8)Melon
9)Market

It is fun to see what everyone says!

Mrs. Parks said...

Good One!
1. Soda
2. Highway
3. Dinner
4. Cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Ten-a-shoes
8. Cantalope
9. Store

Kat said...

1. It's all coke. Then you must specify what kind. If all else fails...it's a soda.
2. Highway
3. Dinner
4. Shopping cart
5. Bathroom
6. sofa or couch. I use both terms.
7. tennis shoes
8. canteloupe
9. produce department of a grocery store.

Re the last one - when my hubby says he's going to the grocery - he says he's going shopping. To me, shopping is the mall. Or something like that. Grocery shopping - the terms must go together.

Z's Mom said...

Aren't you cute....what an interesting assignment. I had to scroll down fast so I wasn't influenced by anyone else's answers...here goes:
1. soda (when I order 'coke' at a restaurant...I mean whatever cola they have, I don't feel the need to specify, you know they've only got 1 kind..shoot, they know they've only got 1 kind.
2. highway
3. dinner
4. buggy
5. bathroom (I only say restroom when I'm trying to impress someone)
6. couch
7. tennis shoe
8. canteloupe
9. Grocery store or produce department (not sure what you were looking for there)

Deanna said...

Fun post!
1. coke
2. highway
3. supper
4. cart
5. restroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoes
8. cantaloupe (cantaloupes can but antelopes can't)
9. produce section

tinabean1988 said...

This is so much Fun I LOVE to play games.
1. Pop
2. Freeway
3. Dinner
4. Shopping Cart
5. Restroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis Shoes
8. Cantaloupe
9. Produce Section at Grocery Store

That was fun do some more!!!

Missy's Blog said...

I'm originally from Central Florida (36 years) but now live in Central Virginia.

1. Coke - doesn't matter if it's Pepsi, Coke or something else. It's all COKE.
2. Highway
3. Dinner
4. Buggy
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis Shoes
8. Cantalope
9. Grocery Store

Caroline said...

OOh, this is fun, I want to play.

1.soft drinks or just "coke"
2.interstate
3.dinner
4.shopping cart (i can't bring myself to say buggy even though that's what my mom says)
5.bathroom
6.sofa
7.tennis shoe
8.cantaloupe - yummy
9.grocery store - what's it like to go there? I have to shop at Wal-Mart =(

dognutmom said...

1. When growing up I would have called it Pop. Where we live now (outside of Philadelphia) it is called Soda.

2. Highway.
3. Dinner
4. Shopping Cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch, but in inlaws called it a sofa.
7. Running shoe when growing up, but called sneakers where we live now.
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store

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Minyo said...

Cool...I love this!
1. Pop (specifically a can of Pepsi and a can of Coke)
2. looks like a bridge on a 2 lane highway
3. supper (unless I'm trying to be fancy, then it would be dinner)
4. grocery cart
5. bathroom (my 4 year old says restroom)
6. couch
7. tennis shoe
8. muskmelon (looks like I'm unique with this one)
9. produce section at the grocery store

Minyo said...

I need to edit my last response on #4. I really call it a shopping cart....I was confused, I guess.

LINDA said...

1. Pop
2. Highway
3. Supper
4. Shopping cart
5. Handicap restroom
6. Sofa
7. Tennis shoe
8. Cantaloupe
9. Produce depatment

I guess alot of it is the perception of the pics, too. People seedifferent things in different ways.
Just an Iowa gal,
Linda

John Deere Mom said...

Yay! Thanks for playing, ladies. I love games! It seems that location definitely plays into what we say.
I "should" say pop based on location, but for some reason my dad starting calling it soda and it just stuck. It cracks me up though to think of people just asking for Coke...what if you want a Sprite or Big Red. Do you make 2 requests? "I want a coke." "What kind?" "Um, I think I'll have Dr. Pepper." That's a lot of work!
Around here, dinner is lunch so supper is supper. Unless we go out...then we always go out to dinner, not out to supper.
And I wish I lived in the south for a minute to call a cart a buggy. A buggy around here is the slow-moving vehicle full of Amish. LOL See, I can say that because I KNOW they aren't reading this.
The only sneakers around these parts are the kids trying to cover up a mess they have made. Mrs. Parks...I agree. That's exactly how we say it.
A sofa sounds so much fancier than a couch. I guess couch is a fitting term for ours. Not so fancy.
Thanks for playing!

Kandace said...

1. Pop
2. Freeway
3. Dinner
4. Shopping Cart
5. Restroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis Shoes
8. Cantalope
9. Produce Section of the Grocery Store

stefanie said...

I've lived in several states, so my vocabulary is now a mix, but some favorite words from my childhood in Iowa are:
6. Davenport. I didn't see that one above, but maybe I missed it. My mom always called the couch a davenport. She said there was a davenport factory in Davenport, Iowa. Hence the name. At least that was her story, and she was sticking to it. On those 1970's plastic covers.
7. Tennies. We bought them as Tennis Shoes, but they were only called that for the first week we owned them. Then they were tennies. After a season of detasseling, they were 'garbage', but never 'trash'.
8. Muskmelon. I didn't know there was another word for it until I was old enough to be embarrassed by calling cantaloupe muskmelon.

Thanks for the memories!

Lula! said...

FUN! I'm late, but here's mine:

1. It's all Coke. Always. Coke is it, ya know?
2. Highway
3. Supper
4. BUGGY!!!! (my midwestern and yankee friends hate me for this one!)
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Sneakers
8. Cantaloupe
9. Grocery store

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Jill said...

1. soda/pop (depends on who I'm talking to. When I'm at home, it's pop, but when I'm in public it's soda.)
2. highway/express way (same as above)
3. Dinner
4. shopping cart
5. Bathroom
6. Sofa/ couch (when I'm shopping for one, it's a sofa. When I'm sitting on one, or talking about the one at home, it's a couch.)
7. Tennis shoe
8. Cantaloupe
9. Produce section (of the grocery store or supermarket)

Sheri said...

1. Dr Pepper. Any drink better be Dr Pepper!
2. Interstate or Bridge!)
3. Dinner
4. Cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis Shoes
8. Melon
9. Produce/Grocery Store

Nik said...

Oooh this is fun!

1 - crap (LOL okie, I have to confess, we're a Dr. Pepper family so neither of these are appealing to me and my choice would end up being sweet tea over "coke" - the brown bubbling product in THOSE cans)
2 - Highway - although it appears to be in a very FLAT area.
3 - Dinner - although we used to say SUPPER - yet my oldest had problems saying it and it always sounded 'dirty' when he'd try (he does have a speech disorder so that's to be expected) so we changed it to dinner.
4 - buggy
5 - potty
6 - couch
7 - tennis shoe
8 - yummy goodness otherwise known as 'orange melon' in this house
9 - vitamin aisle or are you looking for the whole building....market?

Mama Dawg said...

1. It's all Coke to me
2. highway
3. dinner (even though my g'ma says supper)
4. cart
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoe
8. yuck (cantelope)
9. grocery store.

On the cantelope...my late great aunt called it "mushmelon".

"The Queen in Residence" said...

Ew this is fun, love this....here we go.

1.soda (pepsi all the way)
2. long road heading nowhere or freeway
3.dinner
4. buggy
5.restroom
6. couch
7.running shoes
8. melon
9. produce section of the grocery store

sassy stephanie said...

1. a soda is a soda is a soda, no matter what make or model, green, orange, clear or brown. they are all "coke" to me.
2. freeway
3. although the peeps in da south say "suppa", I say mmmmmmm
4. grocery gitter or cart
5. ahhh...all too familiar with the porcelain god that sits in the bathroom
6. coooouch
7. tennies
8. cantaloupe
9. grocery store, produce section to be exact

Shannon said...

1. Coke
2. highway
3. dinner
4. buggy
5. toilet
6. sofa
7. tennis shoe
8. melon
9. grocery store

I've lived in the South for 21 years... but the Yankee in me would answer this way:

1. soda
2. interstate
3. supper
4. cart
5. commode
6. davenport
7. sneaker
8. cantaloupe
9. market

Mrs4444 said...

(from Wisconsin)
1. soda
2. highway
3. dinner
4. shopping card
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoe (I would call two of them "sneaks," though.
8. cantelope
9. produce dept

Crazy Daisy said...

1. Pop
2. Highway
3. Supper
4. Shopping cart
5. Bathroom
6. Couch
7. Tennis shoes
8. Musk Melon
9. Grocery store

Katy Lin :) said...

i was born and raised in colorado, but my hubby transplanted me to his home town in iowa, so . . .

1. i say soda, my hubby says pop
2. highway
3. i say dinner, hubby says supper
4. shopping cart
5. bathroom
6. couch
7. tennis shoes
8. canteloupe - in-laws say mussmelon
9. grocery store

nessatxmom said...

1. Those are cokes. No matter what actual type it is, it's a coke.
2. highway
3. supper
4. buggy
5. bathroom
6. sofa
7. sneakers
8. cantaloupe
9. supermarket